The fourth round of Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Beacons short film scheme is now open for applications.

Funded through Ffilm Cymru’s BFI Welsh Talent Network, Beacons invests in emerging writers, directors and producers from Wales to develop bold and unique voices, explore diverse forms of cinematic storytelling, and establish flourishing careers as feature filmmakers. This year, between five and seven short films will be funded, with awards ranging between £5,000 and £15,000. Films can be up to 15 minutes in length, made in any genre or technique, including animation, documentary, Virtual Reality and 360° filmmaking, and may be in English, Welsh or a mix of languages reflecting the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Wales.

Kimberley Warner, Ffilm Cymru’s Head of Creative Business, comments: “Beacons is our best opportunity to discover the next wave of exciting Welsh filmmakers; we’re looking for filmmakers with a strong point of view and a cinematic eye, and not necessarily a formal background in film.”

Find out more here: http://www.ffilmcymruwales.com/index.php/en/news-and-events/722-ffilm-cymru-wales-rekindles-beacons-scheme

The deadline for applications is 5:30pm on 28th September 2018.

Pen y Cymoedd Micro Fund

Do you want to apply for a Micro Fund grant of up to £5,000?


If you are a new or small business, community group, sports group, PTA or charity based in the upper reaches of the Neath, Afan, Rhondda or Cynon Valleys then you might be able to apply for a project or idea you have.

The deadline for applications is 20th August and we encourage people to contact us first by phone: 01685 87 87 85 / or email [email protected]

We have half hour slots available on the following days and if you want to come and chat about your idea and applying to the fund, please contact us to book a slot as we can give you guidance and tips on applying





19th July


Pontneathvaughan Village Hall


Between 9.00 and 1.30

31st July

Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare

Between 1.00 and 6.00

Big Lottery are also with us this day so you can meet two funders at once if you want to

15th August

St George’s Church Hall, Cwmparc

Between 2.00 and 7.00

Big Lottery are also with us this day so you can meet two funders at once if you want to


The EstnetNG tech prize for 16-24 year olds in Wales

Do you have a passion for technology?

Do you have an idea that uses technology and could make life easier for others?

If so the ESTnet Next Generation want to hear about it!

The ESTnetNG Tech Prize aims to help young people who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and interest in the technology field to fulfil their talent and ambition.

The award is open to individuals aged 16-24 who live, study or work in Wales and have a passion for technology.

The ESTnetNG Tech Prize is an award of up to £2000 that could be used to:

  • Bring to life an idea you have for a new technology product.
  • Contribute to the cost of an event or course that will enable you to pursue and enhance your learning.
  • Help to grow a tech-related business that you have already started.

The winner will be awarded with their Prize at the Wales Technology Awards, taking place on Thursday 3 May in Cardiff City Hall.

Your entry should include:

  • What is your idea and how will it be used? 
  • How does your idea stand out from the crowd? Is its purpose clear?
  • How well have you used your science and technology skills to put the idea together. Is it doable?
  • The prize could be awarded for an idea or a business, but it could also be for an experience that could really help you achieve your dreams in tech. How would this course/trip help you achieve your goal?
  • If you won, how will the prize-money be used?


We would like you to keep us updated with some regular blog posts that we can include on the ESTnetNG website.
We would like you to return to the Wales Technology Awards in 2019 to tell us about how the ESTnetNG Tech Prize has helped you and present the prize to next year’s winner.


1. Register at www.estnetng.co.uk

2. Upload your video or written application of no more than a 1000 words to tell us why you deserve to win the ESTnetNG Tech Prize.


  • You must submit your entry on or before 29 March 2018.
  • You must be between 16 and 24 and living, studying or working in Wales on the 29 March 2018 (last day to enter).

Call for entries! Sky Arts Artist of the Year


Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to become the next Sky Arts Artists of the Year?
We are on the hunt for both portrait and landscape artists to apply. Please help us spread the word via your mailing lists and social media!Deadline: Portrait Artist of the Year 2019: Friday 16th March 2018
Deadline: Landscape Artist of the Year 2018: Friday 11th May 2018
Prize: £10,000 commission to paint a portrait/landscape for a major British institution and £500 of Cass Art materials.

The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year is currently being broadcast weekly on Tuesdays at 8pm on Sky Arts. In the meantime here are some links to view a couple of episodes from the previous series to give you a flavour of what’s involved:
Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 Episode 1: https://vimeo.com/195785524
Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 Episode 1: https://vimeo.com/238597959
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Community Foundation Wales

Communities, Culture, Educating & Young People, Environment, Health |Clwyd, Dyfed, Gwent, Gwynedd, Mid Glamorgan, Powys, South Glamorgan, West Glamorgan

Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes:


  • Improving people’s chances in life
  • Building stronger communities
  • Improving rural and urban environments
  • Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities
  • Preserving heritage and culture

This programme is OPEN.

This programme has two annual deadlines:

– 31st January

– 31st July 



 Click Here to start an Online Application Form in English

Click Here to start an Online Application Form in Welsh 


Remember to always read the criteria in full before applying to any grant scheme to make sure your organisation and project is eligible.

Community Foundation In Wales

Fund for Wales Opens for Applications

The Community Fund for Wales has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 31st January 2018. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the following outcomes:

  • Improving people’s chances in life
  • Building stronger communities
  • Improving rural and urban environments
  • Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities
  • Preserving heritage and culture.

This Fund is open to: constituted community-based charities and organisations (e.g. associations, social enterprises and clubs) whose beneficiaries are all in Wales, with an income of less than £100,000 in the latest reported financial year which are volunteer-driven and have no more than one full-time equivalent member of staff throughout the year. Read more at:




Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust

MSCT Local Grant Round 29 is Open

Deadline: 12th January 2018 @ 12.00 Noon

MSCT was established through an agreement between the Millennium Stadium and the Millennium Commission and its income is generated through a levy on every ticket purchased by people attending public events at the Stadium in Cardiff. The Trust strives to enrich the quality of life in Welsh communities by investing in inspirational sporting, arts, environmental and community-based projects that will have a lasting impression on the people who will benefit. The Trust achieves this by issuing grants to voluntary and charitable organisations throughout Wales.


Applicants may apply for up to £2,500.00 for grants where the beneficiaries come from one locality. Please visit the website for details and to down load an application form at: http://www.millenniumstadiumtrust.org.uk. The guidelines are also on this page.

Comic Relief

Tech for Good Funding Programme (UK)

Comic Relief has teamed up with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver the 2018 Tech for Good funding programme. The programme recognises the importance of digital technology and its potential to address some of our biggest social challenges and the 2018 funding programme will aim to help 12 not-for-profit organisations to develop their digital products or services. Successful organisations will receive funding of £15,000 – £47,000 for nine months alongside access to dedicated technical expertise and an intensive support programme between July 2018 and March 2019. This will include a residential camp at the start to connect the funded projects with leading tech for good experts, and ongoing mentoring and report back days. A public ‘wrap-up’ event at the end of the funding will allow the projects to show what they have created with the grant and support.
The application process will open on the 13th November and the closing date for applications will be the 20th December 2018. Read more at: http://www.comicrelief.com/news/tech-for-good-2018  

Welsh Government Community Facilities Programme

Open for Applications

Local groups, community organisations and social enterprises have until the end of March 2018 to apply for funding to develop community facilities and services in Wales. The Welsh Government has launched the next round of applications for the Community Facilities programme, as part of their Tackling Poverty Agenda. Capital grants are available to community-led voluntary groups, social enterprises and community organisations to tackle poverty and its effects, increase opportunity, create prosperity for all and develop resilient communities where people are engaged and empowered – through the development of community facilities. Priority will be given to applications from former Communities First cluster areas, however strong applications from other areas will be considered.

There are two levels of funding available:

  • Small Grants – between £5,000 and £25,000
  • Large Grants – between £25,001 and £250,000.

Applications can be submitted at any time before the 31st March 2018. Read more at: http://gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/communities/community-facilities-programme/?lang=en